Caravanning News

Recall – Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific – V Class / Vito Vans

There has been a recall on Mercedes-Benz V Class / Vito Vans sold nationally by authorised Mercedes-Benz Van Retailers between 1 June 2017 - 8 December 2017.

The recall notice on the ACCC Product Safety Australia website states that the ‘retaining rings of the wheel bearings on the front axle may not be correctly engaged and if so, these may drift.’

The notice states that ‘In the case of a fault the ABS sensoring fault will trigger a warning display in the cockpit and the driver may also be warned by noises from the service brake. If the indicated early warning signs are disregarded, wheel loss could be experienced therefore increasing the risk of an accident for the occupants and other road users.’

Consumers are asked to contact their nearest authorised Mercedes-Benz Van Retailer to arrange an inspection and rectification (if required).

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Mazda BT-50 Recall

Mazda Australia Pty Ltd has issued a recall on Mazda BT-50s available for sale from 26 July 2017 to 31 January 2018.

The recall notice on the ACCC Product Safety Australia website states that ‘if the vehicle is driven across areas covered by high grass, there is a possibility that grass or vegetation could become trapped and accumulate in the vehicle underbody area.’

The notice states that this may create a hazard in that ‘if the grass or vegetation comes into contact with the exhaust system components that operate at a high temperature, there is a risk that such debris may be ignited by the exhaust system. In the worst case scenario a fire may originate in the vehicle underbody area.’

Mazda will be contacting affected owners by direct mail.  Until a permanent solution to prevent the accumulation of debris is available, Mazda is recommending the following temporary actions:

• Avoid driving your BT-50 across areas that are covered by high grass/vegetation.
• If you have driven your BT-50 across areas that are covered by high grass/vegetation, visually check the underbody area to see if there has been a build-up of debris. If there is a build-up of debris, the debris will need to be removed as soon as safely possible.

You can contact your local Mazda dealer or the Mazda Customer Support team on 1800 931 024 to assist in removal of debris or otherwise follow the instructions provided to remove the debris.

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Ford Recalls 59,254 Ford Rangers

Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited has issued a recall on 59,254 Ford Rangers available for sale from 12 July 2016 to 7 December 2017.

The recall states that ‘When driven over long grass affected vehicles may accumulate vegetation under the vehicle near the exhaust system’.  The hazard is stated as ‘The exhaust system in that area may reach a high temperature.  If sufficient grass or other combustible material has accumulated, they may be ignited by the exhaust system, causing smoke or flames to appear from under the vehicle.’

According to the ACCC Product Safety Australia notice, Ford will write to owners of all affected vehicles.

Until parts are available, owners should refer to the warnings in the Owner Manual, paying special attention to the sections:

- Starting and Stopping the Engine - General Information
- Starting and Stopping the Engine - Diesel particulate Filter
- Fuel and Refuelling - Catalytic Converter

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Product Safety Recall - WEBCO Front Shock Absorbers

20,187 Mitsubishi MY 2013-2017 NW & NX Pajeros on Recall

Mitsubishi Motors Australia has issued a recall notice on Mitsubishi MY 2013-2017 NW & NX Pajeros built between 7 January 2013 and 31 January 2017 and available for sale between 31 January 2013 and 28 September 2017.  20,187 vehicles are affected by this recall which relates to Takata passenger airbag inflator – Beta.

The recall notice states “If an affected vehicle is involved in an accident and the airbag goes off, the airbag inflator may rupture.’  The hazard is stated as ‘In the event of an airbag inflator rupture, metal fragments could possibly shoot out, straight through the airbag cushion material towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.’

The notice states that owners of affected vehicles will receive a letter from Mitsubishi Motors Australia asking them to contact their preferred dealer to arrange replacement of the airbag inflator free of charge and if they have not already done so, that owners must immediately contact a Mitsubishi dealership to arrange the repairs urgently.

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ACCC Product Safety Australia – 2012-2013 (KK) Jeep Cherokee

There has been a recall by FCA Australia on 2012-2013 (KK) Jeep Cherokees.  

The recall notice states that ‘An internal failure in the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) may result in the inability to deploy an Active Headrest (AHR) function during certain rear-end crashes.’   The hazard is stated as ‘The Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) on the vehicle may cause an airbag warning lamp to illuminate due to an internal failure in the ORC. This may result in the inability to deploy the Active Headrest (AHR) function. The inability to deploy the AHR function during certain rear-end crashes may increase the risk of injury to front seat occupants during such rear-end crashes.’

The notice states that FCA Australia will notify owners by sending a courtesy letter, until replacement parts become available. Once the replacement parts become available, owners will receive a second letter advising to schedule a service booking with their nearest Chrysler Jeep Dodge repair centre, who will inspect the ORC and replace it if necessary.

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Park of the Month – Discovery Parks – Jindabyne

Discovery Parks – Jindabyne is the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) Park of the Month for December.

Positioned on the banks of the picturesque Lake Jindabyne, Discovery Parks – Jindabyne is an ideal location from which to explore the Snowy Mountains region.

No matter what the season, there is always something to see and do.  You can make the Park a base to explore the nearby trout hatchery, winery and microbrewery, and Kosciuszko National Park. 

In the warmer months, it’s only a short drive from the Park right up to Charlotte’s Pass from where you can walk to the top of Mt Kosciuszko.  Alternatively, you can drive to Thredbo and catch the chairlift then walk to Mt Kosciuszko.  For the keen walker, there’s plenty of walks through the region or you can take the lakeside walk from the Park into Jindabyne.

In the winter months, it’s only 30 minutes to the alpine country ski slopes.  

Discovery Parks – Jindabyne boasts some great facilities including an activity room, barbeque, boat ramp, camp kitchen, dump point, family bathroom, hire equipment, kiosk/store, laundry, playground and there’s also a spa/sauna.

The Park has a range of accommodation available including deluxe villas, cabins, powered paved sites and powered slab sites for RVs, and powered and unpowered tent sites.

ACC members who have taken advantage of the free Discovery Parks membership card offer and hold a current Discovery Park membership card receive a 10% discount up to a maximum of $50 per stay.